Tributes to the late Marvin Hamlisch and Hal David, an entertaining speech from composer Patrick Doyle and a performance of the theme from Three's Company were highlights of ASCAP's 28th annual Film & Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 20.
Doyle, who received the Henry Mancini Award for his achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music, was saluted via video by Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. Julia Rinker Miller saluted Ray Charles, her singing partner on Three's Company, with a rendition of the classic theme song; Charles, 94, was honored for his vocal ensemble work with Perry Como, Your Hit Parade and Kennedy Center Honors.
Prior to songwriter Alan Bergman singing "The Way We Were," Marilyn Bergman saluted their collaborator Hamlisch by saying "working with Marvin was like being in a large sandbox."
Performances included Graham Parker doing a song from This is 40 (see photo below), a Brazilian jazz-style medley of Oscar nominees, Kevin Odekirk singing Marc Shaiman's arrangement of Cole Porter's "Another Op'nin', Another Show" and Jack Wall and Kamar de los Reyes doing Wall's "Niño Precioso," composed for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams offered adulation for David's lyrics on Burt Bacharach tunes and turned serious about ASCAP's efforts to secure income for composers. He said the latest target is the Internet radio site Pandora. "The gloves are going to come off now," he said.
Those honored in the Top Box Office Films category were James Newton Howard (The Bourne Legacy, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman), Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Howard Shore (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Marc Shaiman (Parental Guidance) and Carter Burwell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2).
In addition, awards were presented to James Horner (The Amazing Spider-Man); 2013 ASCAP Henry Mancini Award recipient Patrick Doyle (Brave); Erran Baron Cohen (The Dictator); Cinco Paul (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax); John Powell (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Ice Age: Continental Drift); Michael Giacchino (John Carter); Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables); Nathan Johnson (Looper); Jon Brion (ParaNorman and This Is 40); Marc Streitenfeld (Prometheus); Ramin Djawadi (Safe House); Paul Epworth (Skyfall); Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy (Ted); Graham Parker (This Is 40); Michael Brook (The Vow); Marco Beltrami (The Woman in Black); Yasushi Akimoto (JASRAC), Jamie Houston, Henry Jackman, Skrillex and Adam Young (Wreck-It Ralph).
Receiving awards for their network, local and cable television music in the category of themes and dramatic underscore for the 2012 survey year were Jack Allocco, Joel Beckerman, David Kurtz, James Levine, Jeff Lippencott, Walter Murphy, Didier Lean Rachou, Jeff Richmond, David Vanacore and Mark T. Williams.
Among the ASCAP composers who wrote the themes and underscore for the highest rated television series in 2012 were: Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy (American Dad and The Cleveland Show); Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini and Scott Gordon (Army Wives and Criminal Minds); Matt Bowen, Devin Powers and Brad Segal (The Bachelor and The Bachelorette); John Lunn (Downton Abbey); Grant Geissman and Josh Kelley (Mike & Molly); Gabriel Mann (Modern Family); Zooey Deschanel (New Girl); Jay Ferguson (NCIS: Los Angeles); Jordan Sears and Rick Smith (The Voice); and Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead).
The Top Video Game Award went to Trent Reznor and Jack Wall, who composed the music to Call of Duty 2: Black Ops 2, the best-selling video game of 2012.